I know firsthand that finding the perfect nude lipstick that works your skin tone is a real challenge! I can’t tell you how many times I bought a lipstick or gloss that looked amazing in the tube and once I put it on, it just totally washed out my face or looked terribly mismatched. Our natural lip colors are all different and then we have the skin tone we need to consider, too. Today, we’re focusing on the lovely ladies with dark complexions. So, if you have a dark skin tone and find yourself having a hard time finding the perfect nude color, keep on reading for some useful tips to choose the best nude lipstick and never buy a dud again!
1. Don’t Try to Match Your Exact Skin Tone
Rule number one: when it comes to nude lipsticks, avoid trying to match your skin tone to the lipstick. I realize this advice sounds completely counterintuitive because, with most beauty products, we’re trying to match as closely as possible. In this case, we’re looking for a lipstick that not only works with your lip color but your skin tone so you want to find a happy medium in between, not an exact match.
2. Don’t Trust Lipstick Names
I love online shopping, especially for beauty products, because you can read reviews, look at swatches, look for discount codes, etc. The major drawback is that you can’t see the product in natural light or swatch it. Same goes for the drugstore since products are packaged up and there typically aren’t samples to play with. No matter where you shop, avoid relying on the name of the line or product when you’re picking products. Most of the time, “nude” applies to fairer skin but not on medium to deeper skin tones. Nudes for darker skin were often named java or suggested a brown tone. Swatch the product and test it out before you commit!
3. Don’t Rely on What You See in the Tube
I talked about this in the intro but it’s worth repeating, don’t base your decision on what you see in the tube. I have drawers full of lip creams, glosses, and lipsticks that just kill it in the tube and once I apply it, it just kills my heart because I can’t use it! Just as you can’t rely on the name, don’t rely on the color you see because I think we all know that looks can be deceiving, especially with makeup. Trying it on your lips is the only true way to tell how a color looks.
4. Get to Know Your Undertones
Knowing your undertones is incredibly important when you’re talking makeup and it’s essential when you’re choosing lipstick. According to Paula’s Choice, undertones aren’t about how light or dark your skin is but the color that comes through from your skin. Most dark skin tones have yellow or red undertones which are further classified into warm and neutral undertones. It’s a lot to remember, I know! The takeaway is to keep those undertones in mind when you’re hunting for lipstick so you choose the best color. If you’re unsure of your undertone, check out this quiz, popsugar.com
5. Expand Your Search of Colors
While we’re focusing on nude lipsticks, it’s natural that our eyes shift toward peachy, pink, lighter colors. But, for the purposes of finding your perfect nude lippie, try expanding your search beyond traditional nude colors. Take a look at caramel, praline, and other brown tones as they might appear dark and pigmented in the tube but could actually be much sheerer or lighter on your lips. Don’t limit yourself when you’re shopping because you might be pleasantly surprised!
6. Consider Using Lip Liner
Lip liner and pencils have come a long way since they first entered the beauty scene. Modern versions can be used in lieu of lipstick or can be applied all over the lips and worn under lipstick to create a long-lasting lip color. If you’re not having much luck finding your perfect nude lipstick, try lip liners instead. They’re soft, creamy, and they won’t budge. If you want a glossy finish, top it off with a lip balm or gloss and you’re good!
7. Try Using Non-traditional Lipstick
This last tip is similar to the one above, try looking for your perfect nude lipstick in different formulas. Glossy balms, tinted lip balms, sheer lipsticks, lip tints, and lip glosses are great alternatives to lipsticks and can come in a wider range of shades. Just because your nude lippie isn’t what you expected it to look like, doesn’t mean it won’t work. You never know where you’ll find your perfect beauty product!
We hope you found these tips helpful the next time you’re shopping for lipstick! If you’d like to see some actual lip color suggestions or if there’s something else in particular you’d like to know more about, let us know in the comments!